Heising-Simons Foundation: Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Heising-Simons Foundation supports organizations advancing sustainable climate change and clean energy solutions.

IP TAKE: Some specific areas of funding interest in this space are climate policy, strategic climate and energy communications, national regulations and regional regulations.

PROFILE: Mark Heising and Liz Simons founded the Heising-Simons Foundation in 2007 to “a[]dvance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights for all people.” The foundation’s current grantmaking programs include Climate and Clean Energy, Education, Human Rights, Science and Local and Emerging Opportunities.

In the climate and energy space, the foundation focuses on protecting “[p]eople and planet from the worst impacts of climate change by accelerating the transition to a clean energy future.” According to the foundation, outdated policies and regulations originally designed for a fossil fuel industrial economy “[h]inder progress toward a modern industrial economy based on zero-carbon energy.”

Heising-Simons’ grants can range anywhere from $25,000 to over $2 million. The majority of grants, however, typically fall in the $50,000 to $250,000 range. Past climate change grantees include the Environmental Defense Fund, which received support for its work advancing climate and clean energy policies; and the Clean Air Task Force, which received funding for its work reducing methane emissions in the U.S. and Canada. For a broader sense of the types of organizations receiving funding from Heising-Simons and the kind of work grantees are conducting, explore the foundation’s searchable grants database.

Heising-Simons does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry, proposals or requests for funding.

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